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Endogenous Local Public Extension Policy

  • Agricultural Science
  • Education


A model of competitive pressure groups is proposed for explaining public provision of agricultural extension services and tested against county data from four midwestern U.S. states. The allocation of extension staff time is explained by variables representing the average wealth position and membership size of farm and nonfarm pressure groups. Also, farmers' schooling is shown to have a large negative relationship to the provision of county agricultural extension services, which suggests that they are substitutes.

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